Quarantine Updates: New CDC Recommendation Shortens Isolation for the General Population
On December 27, 2021, the Center for Disease Control announced the modified quarantine and isolation policy for the general population. If you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, you only need to stay in isolation for 5 days (instead of 10) provided that you don’t have symptoms. Another caveat is that the patient should strictly wear a mask for a minimum of another 5 days.
The CDC underscores that their decision is “motivated by science.”
Based on what we know so far, the SARS-CoV-2 virus – including the Omicron variant – is transmissible 1 to 2 days before and 2 to 3 days after the onset of symptoms.
Now, if you develop a fever, you need to continue isolation until the fever resolves.
The policy applies to the general population regardless of vaccination status.